In January 1992, the Museum of Communication Foundation Trust (MoCFT) was established, to provide a forum for people interested in communications and also to study the development of communication and IT, with emphasis on collecting, preserving and exhibiting artefacts that illustrate this development.
The Foundation is led by a Board of Directors drawn from the membership, who meet on a monthly basis and manage all aspects of the Museum and its operations.
Current Board Members are:
- Prof. Tom Stevenson (Chairman)
- Marion McLean (Charity Secretary)
- Andrew Starling (Treasurer)
- Ken Horne (Vice Chairman)
- Dorothy Brankin
- Dr. Ross Muir
- Dave Pack
- Colin Wright
Our Professional Curatorial Adviser is Dallas Mechan of Fife Council and our Patron is Prof. Heinz Wolff.
In January 1994, the Museum's founder Harry Matthews, in a Deed of Gift, transferred ownership of his Collection to the MoCFT.
Harry's death in February 2000 was a most severe blow. However, to Harry, the Foundation's primary function was to perpetuate his life's work, long after that life had expired. We are striving to prove ourselves equal to this task.
The Foundation has had a profound impact on the Museum. The involvement of specialists in many areas of communication has made restoration and preservation work possible. Comprehensive catalogues of the Collection and the Library are in hand.
With members in all parts of the UK and various corners of the world, not everyone can play an active role. However, 'working holidays' combined with a little sight-seeing have attracted members from France, Germany, Japan, Australia, the USA and 'South of the Border'.
Membership of the Foundation is open to all and costs £15 pa (ordinary membership), £7.50 (unwaged) and £20 (group/family).